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STAR POWER

BONNIE TYLER IS ABOUT TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE STARS THAT BOASTS THE TALENTS OF THREE KNIGHTS OF THE REALM, A QUO LEGEND AND ONE OF THE HOTTEST POP SONGWRITING TALENTS ON THE BLOCK
Bonnie Tyler has some high-profile collaborators on board for her 17th studio album

I ‘ve just asked Bonnie Tyler if, when she wakes up every morning, she considers herself a Living Legend or not. “HAHAHAHAHAHA! I suppose I am, yeah!”

It’s not an entirely unreasonable question to ask a woman whose 50 years in music has seen her release several iconic millionselling singles and travel the world to cement her place as one of the UK’s premier rock lungsmiths. Born Gaynor Hopkins in Skewen, South Wales, after leaving school and a spell working the club circuit, she was discovered in 1975 performing as Sherene Davis. She changed her name to avoid any confusion with the Those Were The Days songstrel Mary Hopkin, and was spotted in a club in Swansea by talent scout Roger Bell performing with her group Imagination (not the Body Talk hitmakers). Bell invited her down to London to record a demo and, after a few months passed, Bonnie was offered a deal with RCA Records.

Bonnie then burst onto pop’s radar with her 1976 second single Lost In France reaching No.9 in the UK and selling 250,000 copies. It was, however, her version of Juice Newton’s It’s A Heartache that changed everything, reaching No.4 in the UK, No.3 in the US and even topping the charts in Australia, Canada, France and Sweden.

A handful of fallow years followed before songwriter and producer Jim Steinman transformed Bonnie’s career via the Faster Than The Speed Of Night album and his trademark brand of slightly hysterical overdramatic rock. It steered Bonnie to the biggest hit of her career, the worldwide No.1 Total Eclipse Of The Heart, swiftly followed by Holding Out For A Hero the following year after it featured in the film Footloose. Since then, she’s worked with countless legends such as Desmond Child, Giorgio Moroder and Beth Hart, represented the UK at Eurovision in 2013 and is now busier than ever, continually on the road and even co-headlining festivals with Stormzy and Slayer.

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Issue 50 of Classic Pop is on sale now! For our 50th issue, we had to come up with something very special – and we certainly have… our cover stars this month are The Specials, hot on the heels of the release of their superb chart-topping album, Encore. Our must-read interview with the band delves into their remarkable comeback and the story behind their superb new record. We also catch up with the iconic Gloria Estefan who tells us how she brought Latin grooves to the world and Bonnie Tyler talks us through her new studio album, which features a hotly-anticipated duet with Sir Rod Stewart. 30 years on, we celebrate New Order’s Technique in our latest Classic Album feature and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to the blue-eyed soul of Simply Red. As Wet Wet Wet face the future without Marti Pellow, we meet the band as they embark on a fresh chapter with new frontman, The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Our packed new album reviews section features the wonderful return of Chaka Khan plus Dido, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paul Weller. On the reissues front, we check out a must-have 10-CD Heaven 17 boxset plus re-releases from David Bowie, Sparks, Erasure and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen at the Rockaway Beach Festival plus gigs by Chrvches and The Christians. Enjoy the issue!